Economic Crisis and the Resilience of Regions


Economic Crisis and the Resilience of Regions

A European Study

9781785363993 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK
Publication Date: 2018 ISBN: 978 1 78536 399 3 Extent: 168 pp
The economic crisis of 2008-9 heralded the most severe economic downturn in the history of the European Union. Yet not all regions experienced economic decline and rates of recovery have varied greatly. This has raised new questions about what factors influence the economic resilience of regions. This book presents the results of an Applied Research Project conducted within the ESPON 2013 Programme and provides a detailed analysis of what made some European regions more resilient to the crisis than others.

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This insightful book provides an astute analysis of how resilient multiple regional economies across Europe were to the global economic crisis of 2008-9. Assessing the impact and geography of the crisis, this book offers a cross-comparative study of how regional economies were affected, as well as an exploration of the role of local and regional policy in influencing economic resilience.

The different experiences seen across Europe throughout the economic crisis raise a number of important questions: Why were some regions more resilient to the crisis than others? What is meant when discussing a resilient economy? How might local and regional policy-makers help support the resilience of their economies? The expert contributors take these crucial questions into account, presenting detailed case studies using quantitative and qualitative research data to analyse how the crisis affected various European regions.

Economic Crisis and the Resilience of Regions will be an essential read for academics, researchers and policymakers interested in the concept of regional economic resilience, its measurement and the factors influencing it, as well as for analysts interested in the geographical impact of the 2008-9 global economic crisis.
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‘The book provides a promising quantitative approach to measure the resilience outcomes of regions. A combination of quantitative approached with qualitative, case‐study‐orientated, analyses is successfully used to measure and describe the resilience outcomes of European regions and to identify important determinants of regional resilience.’
– Rüdiger Hamm, Regional Science Policy & Practice

‘This timely collection of essays examines the geographical responses and reactions to the economic crisis that disrupted much of Europe from 2007-8 onwards. The unifying thread of the case studies that make up the book is the concept of resilience, which has risen to prominence in regional studies in recent years as an analytical and interpretative framework for studying the impact of major economic shocks. The book puts that concept to work to original and valuable effect in advancing our understanding of the European economic crisis and its geographies.’
– Ron Martin, University of Cambridge, UK

‘This book is the best text to date on the profoundly uneven regional consequences of the great recession across Europe. The detailed comparative studies provide a rich resource and carefully unpack the meanings and causes of regional economic resilience. The analysis confirms that understanding regional economic resilience is a complex but essential challenge.’
– Peter Sunley, University of Southampton, UK

‘Building resilience in the face of economic crisis is key for regional development policy, but this requires new thinking and analysis. This book makes a valuable contribution to this objective by demonstrating the scale and urgency of the issue and how different European regions are responding to the challenge. A must read for researchers, policy-makers and planners.’
– John Tomaney, University College London, UK
Contributors: G. Bristow, A. Healy, C. Kakderi, L. Kirchner, F. Koch, G. Masik, I. Sagan, M. Sensier, V. Sepp, D. Speda, A. Tasopoulou, U. Varblane, U. Varblane, R. Wink

1. Introduction: Economic Crisis and Resilience in the European Union
Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

2. Measuring Resilience across European Regions
Marianne Sensier

3. The Economic Crisis and the Pomorskie Region of Poland: a Case Study of Resistance
Iwona Sagan and Grzegorz Masik

4. The Economic Resilience of Stuttgart: Vulnerable but Resilient and Adaptable
Rüdiger Wink, Laura Kirchner, Florian Koch and Daniel Speda

5. The Economic Crisis and North Estonia: a Case Study of Rapid Recovery
Uku Varblane and Urmas Varblane

6. The Economic Resilience of South West Ireland
Adrian Healy

7. Regional economic resilience and the role of traditional structures: The case of West Macedonia, Greece
Christina Kakderi and Anastasia Tasopoulou

8. The economic crisis in the Uusimaa region of Finland: a non-resilient region
Veiko Sepp

9. Conclusion and Recommendations
Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy


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